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[gid-ee] /ˈgɪd i/
adjective, giddier, giddiest.
affected with vertigo; dizzy.
attended with or causing dizziness:
a giddy climb.
frivolous and lighthearted; impulsive; flighty:
a giddy young person.
verb (used with object), verb (used without object), giddied, giddying.
to make or become giddy.
before 1000; Middle English gidy, Old English gidig mad (as variant of *gydig), derivative of god God, presumably orig. “possessed by a divine being”
Related forms
giddily, adverb
giddiness, noun
ungiddy, adjective
1. lightheaded, vertiginous. 3. unstable, volatile, fickle, inconstant, vacillating. Unabridged
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Examples for giddiness
  • He was in full possession of his faculties, free from confusion or giddiness, but his hands were still trembling.
  • When you gamble on something you don't understand and/or can't control, that's giddiness.
  • There are looks of self-consciousness, of curiosity, of giddiness.
  • Its lavishness is close to delirium, its giddiness beyond camp.
  • At several places, vessels and household articles tumbled and people felt trembling and transient giddiness.
  • Nasal discharge and giddiness may also become evident.
  • It has been known to cause giddiness when large amounts are ingested.
  • Inhalation may cause giddiness or incoordination similar to that from gasoline vapor.
British Dictionary definitions for giddiness


adjective -dier, -diest
affected with a reeling sensation and feeling as if about to fall; dizzy
causing or tending to cause vertigo
impulsive; scatterbrained
my giddy aunt, an exclamation of surprise
verb -dies, -dying, -died
to make or become giddy
Derived Forms
giddily, adverb
giddiness, noun
Word Origin
Old English gydig mad, frenzied, possessed by God; related to God
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Word Origin and History for giddiness
O.E. gidig, variant of *gydig "insane, mad, stupid, possessed by a spirit," probably from P.Gmc. *guthigaz, from *guthan "god" + *-ig "possessed." Meaning "having a confused, swimming sensation" is from 1570.
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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